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completely disappearing there in 3 feet of snow. this, so common today. trying to get the cars that just vanished from the snow. look at this behind me. one family put the camera trained on their back deck, once we speed it up, look at how quickly it covered the lens. this image from nasa, two systems coming together to create this massive blizzard. look at the northeast there. disappearing under a massive storm. the numbers telling the story tonight. at least four dead, including one child. at the storm's peak, more than 650,000 without power. more than 5300 flights canceled. countless cars trapped. our extreme weather team. on it all tonight. we lead off with meteorologist ginger zee who was in boston. new england, hit hardest by the storm. ginger, you're almost buried in the snow. >> reporter: almost. waist deep. this is actually a meet logical dream. look at these big steps that i
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have to take, one of the countless snow drifts here in boston. this city, officially, had almost 25 inches of snow, making it fifth largest snowfall in boston weather history. >> tell the snow to go away! >> reporter: the snow. the howling winds. the angry ocean. tonight, new england's monster blizzard is well out to sea. but in its wake, horrendous winds. still battering the coast. waves lashing homes. this woman had to be rescue from her home. for those in its path it was a back-breaking saturday spent digging out. 30 million woke up to a foot of snow. 11 million woke up to over 2 feet. in portland, maine, it was the biggest snowfall, ever, at least 32 inches. tonight, at least four deaths are being blamed on the storm. one 11-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning. after keeping warm in the family car. his dad was digging the car out. the car's exhaust pipes had become packed with snow. it was crippling. leaving cars in tuned.
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wind gusts peaked above 70 miles an hour. still, tonight, almost 600,000 without power. crews from as far as canada rushed in to help. standing in the north end of boston, you can see, instead of cars, the street is very busy with people checking out the storm. as worcester was buried a miracle at 3:00 a.m., at the peak of the storm, the national guard helped deliver this baby. a nice story at the end there. there's a street behind me. now, that ban that was in place for 24 hours, has been lifted. people can drive and drive safely here in boston. david? >> all right, ginger zee. ginger zee leading us off tonight. we also learned today of countless stories. drivers trapped in their cars. forced to sleep in them overnight. abc's john schriffen on long
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island, new york, tonight with those drivers stranded. >> reporter: dozens of cars cemented in snow. as far as the eye can see. here on long island, some areas were pummelled with nearly 3 feet of snow, falling fast overnight. stopping drivers like sebastian who was trying to get home from work. >> you have been sitting here the whole time? >> no food, no drink. no nothing. >> reporter: have you called anyone for help? >> i'm trying to reach the police now. >> reporter: firefighters are out here doing their best. but mother nature isn't cooperating. the wind is still whipping out here. >> the condition is still worse. lot of snowdrifts. >> reporter: those traveling by train didn't fare much better. with amtrak cancelling service for a second day in ree today between boston and new york. in the air a virtual no-fly zone. triggering delays at airports across the country. passengers waiting for the first flights out.
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tonight, new york-area airports are open with limited service. but here on long island, this truck driver is just one of many tonight still trying to get home. next time you hear a storm is coming, do you think you'll try to drive through it? >> never. never, ever. i will never do this again. >> reporter: crews have now been able to bail out one side of this road. as you can see, there are still plenty of cars stuck out here. like this one, that somehow ended up on a median. amazingly, no reports of any serious injuries. david? >> thanks to you, john. when we heard of one town getting 38 inches of snow, we could only imagine the difficulty of digging out, so we sent abc's gio benitez, just getting there we hear was a task. gio, glad to see you made it safely. >> thank you, david. we did get here safely. but that journey, oh, it wasn't easy. on road after road in connecticut, cars and their drivers are stuck in the snow. even those with the right equipment.
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so al here you are, trying to dig yourself out and you get stuck? >> i got stuck good. >> reporter: as we made our way to central connecticut. we found drivers in need of a little push. with roads in connecticut closed, we made the slow drive to milford, the ground zero in this storm. this is what 38 inches of snow looks like. after howling wind gusts overnight, people in this town of 50,000 have been working since the early morning to get out from under the snow. everything buried. a trash can, a doorway, a no parking sign. jenny smith is trying to dig herself out. do you still like the snow? >> i do. but it's nice to look at, but not nice too drive in or shovel. >> reporter: so, it could take days for all of this snow to melt. your best and safest bet is to just stay off those roads.
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david? gio benitez, thank you. i want to bring in weather editor sam champion. everyone asking, is this system finally on its way out? >> well, david, it's finally pulling away. we started off this storm just 24 hours ago, talking diane sawyer in columbus circle. we're standing on the snow pile that's been cleared. look at this satellite picture. look at that. does it look like a hurricane eye? it's not. as this storm pulls away from the coastline, it's similar to a category 1 hurricane. first time i have seen that from a snow system pulling away from new england. now, the remaining snow right on the coast of maine, right on the cape there. the wind will still be here for another 24 hours. so, some colder temperatures overnight. take a look at the numbers. 31 inches, almost 32 inches in
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portland. towns with 38. 40 inches of snow, that would qualify as going in the record books there. boston, their fifth biggest snowstorm ever. we'll watch this storm system slowly -- ever so slowly pull away. david? >> a little warm-up will be welcomed here in the northeast. but another storm out west? >> yeah, we'll have two cold days, i think, by maybe monday, monday afternoon, monday evening. but look at the blizzard warning that's already out with this next snowmaker. it's sunday, from denver to minneapolis. picking up snow. in that red zone, in nebraska, by noon on monday we're looking at blizzard conditions again. >> sam, thanks. we're going to turn now to other headlines this evening. tonight, new information on that ex-cop authorities now say a killer on the run. we have learned this evening, of some training that's
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now troubling authorities. our pierre thomas on this case again tonight. >> reporter: abc news has learned that a man claiming to be christopher dorner, the former lapd cop gone rogue, has called a father of the victim he murdered to taunt him. >> it's some kind of warfare. >> reporter: sunday, february 3rd, they're gunned down in a parking lot in an alleged execution by dorner. who was angered at quan's father. on thursday, four days after the hit, a man identifying himself as dorner called randall quan, quan after retiring from the lapd began an attorney, and represented dorner in a legal fight against the police department. according to court documents, obtained by abc news, the man calling tells quan that he should have been a better job of protecting his daughter. the call came just hours after dorner allegedly shot three police officers, killing one. today, the manhunt continued with more than 1,000 police
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engaged in a massive manhunt spanning hundreds of miles. at big bear, teams continued searching on feet. with canine units and helicopters. dorner has declared war on police, calling the lapd corrupt and racist. he claims that he was blacklisted and unjustly fired after accusing a fellow officer of using excessive force. the mayor of los angeles spoke directly to dorner. >> if you're watching, turn yourself in. >> reporter: dorner is former military, a highly-skilled marksman. and tonight a new concern. federal transportation officials are warning california airports that dorner has some flight training and might try to take an aircraft. david, it's a race against time. police believe that dorner will try to kill again. >> pierre, that's very worrisome tonight. and in chicago this evening, a difficult night after a visit from the first lady who was there to attend a funeral for a young, innocent girl, gunned down while trying to take shelter from the rain.
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just days after she was in washington for the inauguration. abc's alex perez reporting in from chicago. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama consoling loved ones today at the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. the emotional service running nearly four hours. >> i wish we could see her beautiful smile again. >> because she will always be with us. >> reporter: and a mother in pain, stood strong. determined to halt gun violence. >> no mother. no father. should ever have to experience this. >> reporter: days before she became a national symbol to end gun violence, the standout student performed at the president's inauguration festivities. but hadiya's bright future came to a sudden end. she was one of more than 40 people murdered in chicago last month, the bloodiest january this city has seen in a decade. in a handwritten note to her family, president obama vowed to
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work to end this senseless violence. and the president has invited more than 100 victims of gun violence and their families to attend next week's state of the union address. the first lady also met with about 30 of hadiya's classmates and friends. many here now wondering if all of this attention from the first family will make the streets of chicago safer for their families. david? >> let's hope so. alex perez, tonight, in chicago. alex, thank you. tonight, we're learning that boeing has conducted a test flight of its troubled 787 dreamliner. the flight took off from seattle, circling and then landing back where it started. the dreamliners have been grounded after so many reports of troubles with that batteries used to power the plane's electrical systems. overseas tonight, a court in cairo has ordered a government to block access to youtube for a month there. the reason, carrying that anti-islam movie that sparked deadly riots last fall. given the dissension inside their new government, it's unclear how much success they'll
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make yourself comfortable. finally tonight, here, a thank you for all of those tweets during "20/20" last night. so many of you relieved to see ethan smile. that little boy rescued from the bunker. but tonight, i wanted to tell you about the one man that everyone in that town is talking about. it's hardly the bad guy. this guy was the hero. midland city, alabama. a town that relies on prayer, and on that january afternoon, a town that would also rely on a
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school bus driver, a quiet man named chuck poland, who called the schoolchildren on his bus his kids. he was driving that day, flagged down by a man who lived along the route, jimmy lee dykes, who demanded children from the bus. when the driver tried to put that bus in reverse he was shot and killed. we all know what happened next. little ethan stolen from the front seat. six days trapped in that bunker. last night, here, those first images of ethan. in an abc news exclusive. the family telling us that they were hoping that we should america that ethan's smile has returned. there was something that we heard over and over again. >> there's a long line of heroes. i don't use that word lightly. i can also tell you that mr. poland, the bus driver, is a hero. this could have been so much worse. >> i have no doubt that his actions likely saved those children from being harmed.
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>> reporter: from ethan's family talking to us, a thank you to the bus driver who always saved that front seat for ethan. what do you make of the bus driver? the fact that he -- >> the man is a hero. the man is a hero in this community. >> reporter: we also learned from the neighbors in midland city, about a daily ritual. after that bus route, mr. poland would go home. and what would he talk about with his wife? >> he would sit on the porch and he would tell her about his kids. >> reporter: the kids on the bus? >> yes. >> reporter: the town now remembering mr. poland. they plan to name a baseball field or a stretch of highway in his name. tonight, perhaps, the town's pastor putting it best. >> i think the nation has learned to love a man they didn't know. >> because of what he did. he was going to do everything he could to protect those kids. >> reporter: he did. >> he did. >> he did. that's the broadcast here on a saturday night. "good morning america" and "this week" with george first thing in the morning.
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see you tomorrow night. next at 6:00, a fatal accident in the east bay. traffic backed up for hours. it's now moving tonight. >> taking the fight against crime in oakland to the people. what they're doing right now. >> new developments in the search for accused cop killer christopher dorner. we have new surveillance video. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now.
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>> ama: a deadly accident in the east bay after a car overturns on interstate 80. traffic shut down for hours. i'm ama daetz. the accident happened on westbound interstate 80 in richmond. john alston is on the scene. reporter: traffic is moving again. all lanes have been open an hour and a half an the grinding crash which killed the driver of an suv and fouled up saturday traffic for most of the afternoon. this is the aftermath of the crash. a badly crumpled suv on i-80 west near central avenue in richmond. the crash itself took place at 1:15 this afternoon. the chp says the driver hit the center divider and rolled his vehicle several times. the 23-year-old hey hayward man behind the wheel was dead on the scene, and a passenger was injured. the suv also hit a pickup truck
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but no one in that vehicle was hurt. traffic on 80 west was backed up for miles and several hours after the chp shut down the two left lanes. the chp is currently in the process of interviewing witnesses find out exactly what happened and it has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were involved at this opinion, and they're also investigating whether the victims had on their seatbelts. >> ama: san francisco police are investigating a fatal collision that left a cyclist dead across the street from at&t park. happened also after 9:30 at the corner of third and king street. a 30-year-old woman on her bike got tangled with with the rear wheels of a passion cement truck. drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor. >> man was arrested this morning after police say he held people


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